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Aston Villa makes informal contact with Paulo Fonseca and increases pressure on Dean Smith

EXCLUSIVE: Aston Villa is the latest Premier League club to line up a move for former Roma and Shakhtar manager Paulo Fonseca with Dean Smith on borrowed time after four consecutive Premier League losses.

  • Aston Villa has probed Paulo Fonseca as Dean Smith’s replacement
  • Villa’s boss is under pressure with the club enduring a four-game losing streak
  • They have made informal contact with the former boss of Roma Fonseca about the job.
  • Fonseca has recently been linked to the vacancies of Newcastle and Tottenham


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Aston Villa has probed Paulo Fonseca when considering possible replacements for Dean Smith, the boss under pressure.

Sportsmail understands that informal contact has been made with representatives of the Portuguese coach and sources believe that Smith is on borrowed time after four losses in a row.

News from Villa Park last week was that the hierarchy, led by CEO Christian Purslow, continues to support the manager. But contact with Fonseca, unemployed, indicates that candidates are being screened should Smith go.

Aston Villa has made informal contact with former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca

Aston Villa has made informal contact with former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca

The Villans are enduring a four-game losing streak and are sliding down the table.

The Villans are enduring a four-game losing streak and are sliding down the table.

The Villans are enduring a four-game losing streak and are sliding down the table.

Villa has fallen to 15th place in the Premier League and is three points above the relegation zone after his losing streak, the latest of which was Sunday’s 4-1 home loss to West Ham.

Some fans have the feeling that the head coach has taken the team as far as he can after three years in office. They travel to Southampton on Friday for the last game before the international break.

Fonseca was linked to Villa before Smith took office in October 2018. He was then the head of Shakhtar Donetsk and spent two years at Roma, leaving in May.

The 48-year-old was in talks with Spurs in the summer and spoke to Newcastle about his vacancy. But the new Magpies owners are looking instead at Villarreal’s Unai Emery and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.

They want to appoint a new boss before the trip to Brighton on Saturday.

Pressure is mounting on Dean Smith and fans fear he has taken the club as far as he can

Pressure is mounting on Dean Smith and fans fear he has taken the club as far as he can

Pressure is mounting on Dean Smith and fans fear he has taken the club as far as he can

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